Man in NV classmate's killing set for sentencing
ELKO, Nev. (AP) -- One of two people accused in the March 2011 killing of a West Wendover High School classmate is set for sentencing in Elko.
Kody Cree Patten is set for a hearing Friday morning. He pleaded guilty to first-degree murder in May in a deal that spares him from the death penalty.
Patten and his then-girlfriend, Toni Fratto, were accused of the death of 16-year-old Micaela "Mickey" Costanzo.
Authorities say Costanzo was taken to a remote area near the Utah-Nevada border, where she was struck with a shovel and her throat was slit before she was buried in a shallow grave.
Toni Fratto pleaded guilty to second-degree murder with a deadly weapon and was sentenced in April to life in prison with the possibility of parole.